By Ehud Ben Zvi
This research of the publication of Obadiah emerges particularly basically from contemporary advancements in highbrow background and especially fresh theoretical mirrored image at the interpretation of texts. students corresponding to Stanley Fish, Wolfgang Iser, and Umberto Eco targeted serious recognition on “the function of the reader” (Eco’s time period) within the construction of the which means of texts. Postmodern sensibility, schooled via Jacques Derrida’s software of deconstruction, has fostered conventions of examining that suppose the indeterminacy of texts and enjoy textual ambiguities. Interpretive traits deriving severally from New feedback and Russian Formalism pay attention to the classy constitution of the textual content instead of extra-textual components influencing its composition. Professor Ben Zvi brings jointly those advancements to shape a application of interpretation directed to the traditional publication of Obadiah. the guts of Ben Zvi’s concept is to concentration serious recognition at the unique readers of the ebook.
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2 here. It goes without saying that the position advanced here neither maintains nor supports, in any way, the idea that Ahab's Obadiah actually wrote the Book of Obadiah or any part of it, nor that any section from this book is to be dated to Ahab's days, or to the monarchic period as a whole. In fact, the position advanced here does not even require even any kind of acceptance of the historicity of the narrative in 1 Kings 18, or of any event reported there, nor that of Obadiah's Ahab. It requires only that the story in 1 Kings 18 or at least in its main lines, be known to the community witnin which the Book of Obadiah was written.
3 . 2 T h e d o u b l e d i v i n e n a m e 'π ' f m T h e e x p r e s s i o n X-b 'n " ή κ i n « r ó o c c u r s e l s e w h e r e i n t h e O T / H B o n l y i n E z e k i e l ( E z e k 6 : 3 ; 7 : 2 ; 12:19; 16:3; 2 6 : 1 5 ; 3 6 : 4 ; 3 7 : 5 ) . T h i s is so, in part, b e c a u s e t h e d o u b l e d i v i n e n a m e Vi ^ i t t o f t e n o c c u r s i n E z e k i e l , a n d s e l d o m e l s e w h e r e , e x c e p t i n t h e B o o k o f A m o s w h e r e it a p p e a r s in t w e n t y i n s t a n c e s .
The quotation is from Clines (1994: 6). See Malina (1991); the quotation from pp. 14-15. Malina's position is based on studies such as Casson (1983), and Anderson and Pearson (1984). Cf. van Dijk (1980a: 77-94). See, for instance, van Dijk (1980a: 49). From a variety of historical settings and showing different genre conventions, from historiographical works such as those of Herodotus, Thucyaides, and Xenophon, to 38 Obadiah 1 written to be read, reread, learned, meditated upon, and edited, or further redacted, within the community, there is a distinct possibility that these introductory units served not only to evoke a more or less typical starting scheme, but also as signposts for repeated readings.